My organization produces technical reports and bases their style on Associated Press (AP) style. In one of these reports, I have a list like so:
Topics with permission:
- Publish — 3 topics
- Subscribe — 2 topics
- Receive — 2 topics
- AddPermission — 5 topics
My editor is telling me I must spell out the numbers, IE "three topics", instead of "3 topics" but looking at the style guide, I am not so sure. The Associated Press Stylebook 2019 states the following, with my emphasis added in bold:
In general, spell out one through nine: The Yankees finished second. He had nine months to go.
Use figures for 10 or above and whenever preceding a unit of measure or referring to ages of people, animals, events or things. Also in all tabular matter, and in statistical and sequential forms.
This seems to me to be tabular matter, but the style book doesn't really define what that is. When do I spell out numbers in bulleted lists? Is it true that I must spell it out for all numbers less than ten? What if the list includes some numbers greater than 10, and some between zero and 10.